Dhaba has traversed a long and curious path over its three decades of existence. It began its journey at the iconic The Claridges Hotel in Delhi in 1986. While the original one boasts of the quaint old-world charm and remains a popular destination, a few years ago, Dhaba was spun off into a chain of casual and quirky independent restaurants called ‘Dhaba by Claridges’. Towards the end of 2016, Claridges sold the chain to Azure Hospitality group – the people behind Mamagoto. Soon after, the restaurant chain was rechristened to Dhaba Estd 1986. The Kondapur outlet infuses elements from the rustic dhabas in its décor to evoke nostalgia-tinged memories of dining at a dhaba while still offering the comfort of air-conditioning, cushioned seats, and polite service. The menu proudly showcases dishes that have been a part of Dhaba’s menu for 3 decades including signatures like 'Kanastari Baingan Bharta', 'Balti Meat', and 'Butter Chicken'. This does not mean that Dhaba does not play around with the recipes. The dishes are often subtly tweaked to suit the local palate. One of my favourites at dhaba is the 'Chitta Butter Chicken' – a sweet and tangy white gravy of chicken cooked in tandoor. The sharpness from the curd has been reduced over the past couple of years to make it more crowd friendly; however, in the process the dish has also lost umami. There is also a selection of newer dishes such as 'Achari Soya Chaap', 'Nutri Saag', 'Tiffin Chicken (homely chicken Curry and ajwain paratha served in tiffin boxes), and 'Rarrha Gosht'. The attached bar serves a selection of premium liquor along with 'Tharras' – a range cocktails inspired by the desi liquors. Bloody Mary morphs into 'Laal Pari', 'LIT' gets swirled with Kaala Khatta, and Whisky is mixed with sweet lime and chaat masala. There are also the classics like 'Mojito' and 'Margarita', but it is definitely the Dhaba specials that are more fun. For teetotalers, there a 'Fun Lassi' menu featuring desi and videsi takes on this favourite.
Time to indulge in a desi affair? Well, we’re talking about food. Hyderabad people, if you haven't yet visited this gem located in the Kondapure, it’s time that you should! Dhaba Estd 1986 is a popular chain of restaurants establishing its unique and paramount existence in the cafe and restaurant industry for three decades.
It is a popular chain spread across various cities in the country. The unique manner in which they cook and present the authentic flavors of rich Indian cuisine is worth drooling over. Incorporating the dhaba style theme in the interiors, they have been attracting many tourists and visitors in the restaurant.
People love to enjoy the heartfelt, meal in an ambiance which is so warming, welcoming and country-like. The trucks, jute based chairs, rural articles, etc in the ambiance lets you have a taste and smell of everything rustic yet so beautiful. Just like the ambiance, the food too here has the flavors that delight the innermost self of the foodie inside you. Dipped in the rich aroma and herbs of traditional Indian food, the Smokey platter just can’t stop your mouth from watering hard.
Hyderabad folks, it’s time that you head at this watering hole in the town and spend some time chit-chatting and binging with your friends in a complete desi style. The Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi serves sumptuous and finger-licking North Indian dishes, Biryani, and Desserts. It will give you a glimpse of those long highway roads in the suburbs and the countryside.
You’ll be reminded of the long rides you take on one such road. Also, the huge trucks tucked inside the restaurant would deliver some major desi vibes, good for the ones who love to stay connected with their roots. We recommend trying their must-have dishes which includes Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, Lassi, Cocktails, Paneer Tikka, Galauti Kebab, Balti Meat. So, if you’re looking for one such destination to have a perfect desi dining in Hyderabad, haven’t we got you sorted? Book a table via eazydiner and indulge in this beautiful desi dining affair with your loved ones.
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